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View of Udayagiridrug. May 1794

View of Udayagiridrug. May 1794

Artist: MacKenzie, Colin (1754-1821)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1794

Shelfmark: WD651

Item number: 651

Length: 28.5

Width: 46.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Water-colour drawing by Colin MacKenzie of the view of the fort of Udayagiri in Andhra Pradesh, dated May 1794. Inscribed on front in ink: 'N.' 'View of Udgherry Droog. C. McK. May 1794'; on back in ink: 'North View of Udgherri Droog in the Nellore Circars.'

The fort at Udayagiri, seen in the background in this view, is situated around 600 kilometres from Hyderabad. It was an important citadel because of its inaccessible position atop a steep hill. The current fortifications were built by King Marthanda Varma (reigned 1729-1758 A.D.) in the eighteenth century.

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